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Antonio Ruiz-Camacho

With the publication of his debut collection of short stories Barefoot Dogs, a book which won the coveted Jesse H. Jones Award for Best Book of Fiction, and was named Best Book of 2015 by the San Francisco Chronicle and Kirkus Reviews, Mexican-born journalist and writer Antonio Ruiz-Camacho firmly established himself as a master of the linked story form. The author’s stark and moving power to detail the violence of his native country while informing on the complicated sense of pride and patriarchy that holds sway in contemporary Latino culture was lauded by critics and readers alike. Barefoot Dogs, which employs a kaleidoscopic technique of multiple narratives to illuminate Mexican culture, is nothing less than necessary reading for anyone desiring a deeper look into the current world of narco-violence, class disparity and the ever-present threat of kidnappings that colors this time of poisonous anti-immigrant sentiment and caustic border politics. A contributor to publications such as The New York Times, Salon and Texas Monthly, Ruiz-Camacho — who translated his own work into English — has earned a swift reputation of being a savvy and instructive young man of Latino letters. Currently working on a new novel, the Austin- based Dobie Paisano fellow visits UTSA for a presentation in the Business Building University Room (BB 2.06.04) in conjunction with the Creative Writing Reading Series.

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